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Irvine Barclay Theatre
4242 Campus Drive Irvine, CA 92612
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“[They have] the ability to listen to each other and play almost with a single voice.” —Chicago Sun-Times



Mozart: String Quartet No. 22 in B-flat major, K. 589

Bridge: String Quartet No. 1 (Bologna) in E minor

Ravel: String Quartet in F major (1902)

The renowned Guarneri String Quartet has circled the globe countless times since it was formed in 1964, playing in the world’s most prestigious halls in North and South America, Mexico, Europe, Asia and Australia.

The Quartet has been featured on many television and radio specials, documentaries and educational presentations both in North America and abroad. They have been interviewed by Charles Kuralt on CBS’ nationwide television program, Sunday Morning. A full-length film entitled High Fidelity – The Guarneri String Quartet was released nationally, to great critical and public acclaim, in the fall of 1989. (The film was directed and produced by Allan Miller who was also the director/producer of the Academy Award-winning documentary, From Mozart to Mao, which dealt with Isaac Stern’s visit to China).

In 1982, Mayor Koch presented the Quartet with the first New York Seal of Recognition. The Quartet was awarded Honorary Doctorate degrees by the University of South Florida (1976) and the State University of New York (1983). In 1992, the Guarneri String Quartet became the only quartet to receive the prestigious Award of Merit from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters in New York City. The Quartet is also on the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Music.

The Guarneri String Quartet currently records for Surroundedby Entertainment, which released its first CD in Spring 2001 of Quartets by Ravel, Debussy and Faure. Several of its recordings on both RCA Red Seal and Philips have won international awards, including its recent recording of Juan Crisostomo de Arriaga’s String Quartet nos. 1-3 (Philips), which won the 1996 Deutsche Schallplattenkritik Award in Germany. Among its other award-winning recordings are collaborations with such artists as Artur Rubinstein, Pinchas Zukerman; and Boris Kroyt and Mischa Schneider of the Budapest Quartet. They have also recorded for the Arabesque label, Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 3 and its first ever recording of the great Mendelssohn Octet, Op. 20, in collaboration with the Orion Quartet.

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